I love all things edible.
And when it comes to salad, edible flowers are the “icing on the cake,” so to speak. Growing vegetables alongside my landscaping and having edible flowers in the mix makes everything more beautiful and more tasty.
In the Pacific Northwest this time of year there are a handful of yummy and gorgeous edible flowers to choose from as well as copious amounts of lettuce.
My favorites to use for garnish on salad currently are: calendula, nasturtiums, borage, pea blossoms and bachelor buttons. A few are pictured in the garden salad, above.
The salad came straight from my garden as well and, not only includes various lettuces, but also includes, kale, swiss chard and beet greens. The more variety the better for the palette and nutrition, I say!
And, in the end, I think every meal sprinkled with edible flowers is a feast for the eyes and stomach.
Simple Balsamic Vinegar Dressing Recipe for your Edible Flower Salad
½ c Olive oil—make sure the olive oil is not cut with canola oil
½ c balsamic
½ c grainy mustard
Salt to taste (more than you think)
Pepper to taste
Put all ingredients in a jar with a lid (I use mason jars). Shake and done!
This will keep in the refrigerator forever so I often double or triple the recipe in the summer months when we are eating an abundance of salads.
And for additional Paleo Dressing, read 9 Paleo Salad Dressing so You Know Exactly What’s Going into Your Greens.
Edible flowers perfect to use in summer salads
The photos below are several of the flowers I used in this salad. I grow them in my own garden at home, and most are easy to grow even with limited space. These flowers can be used in a variety of ways, and are a lively addition to cocktails or a beautiful decoration for baked goods. If you’d like to see additional edible flowers, please check out this blog post, Flowers You Can Eat.
Borage is a self-seeding annual flower found across Europe, the UK, and the United States. It is commonly eaten in Germany, Crete, and northern Italy in soups and pasta. Borage has lots of nectar and is a popular flower for honeybees.
Pea blossoms are a beautiful flower to use in a salad. They have a beautiful aesthetic, a mild pea-like taste, and are slightly crunchy. Ornamental sweet pea blossoms are poisonous, so make sure you have identified the type of pea blossom before eating it!
Nasturtiums are one of the most popular edible flowers, and are a great addition to any salad. They are easy to grow in a home garden, and they have edible leaves and flowers. Nasturtiums have a peppery, spicy taste. They can easily be overcooked, so it’s best to eat them fresh and raw, or to toss them in at the last minute to avoid overcooking.